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Forum scheduled for GOP party chair candidates

The election of the new chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota has taken on some aspects of a broader campaign, one designed to communicate to voters and not just party activists.

The latest indication is a candidate forum sponsored by Republicans in the second congressional district. The district’s chair, Bill Jungbauer, said he expects all four candidates for the seat — Keith Downey, Bill Paulsen, Don Allen and Bonn Clayton — to participate in the forum moderated by activists Walter Hudson and Chris Andryski March 21 at 7 p.m at the Eagan Community Center.

To amp up the participation, the forum features a Facebook page, social hour and cash bar. Downey and Paulsen are running aggressive campaigns to reach out to the 250 delegates who will meet April 6 to make their choice. 

The new chair has a giant task, ahead including retiring $1.6 million in debt, creating new structures to help candidates in 2014 and, most importantly, telling Minnesota voters why they should return Republicans to a majority status by winning the governor’s office, the Minnesota House and U.S. Senate and Congressional seats.

The forum will be more than and inside-politics event.  “I would hope that delegates, activists, and voters see that we are vetting our officers and that we have a great field of candidates, ” Jungbauer said. 

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Kenneth Kjer on 03/10/2013 - 08:07 pm.

    GOP Party Chair election

    “The forum will be more than and inside-politics event. “I would hope that delegates, activists, and voters see that we are vetting our officers and that we have a great field of candidates, ” Jungbauer said. ” It is an inside event, no GOP voters have a say in anything. A voter can’t even get in. Then they wonder why they have angered so many people, when the party is so inclusive it is out of touch with voters. This is the 1st state I have lived in where the voters didn’t get to vote in a primary. All the GOP candidates are picked by a few people who do not represent the majority of GOP voters..

  2. Submitted by Bill Jungbauer on 03/18/2013 - 08:55 pm.

    Chairs Forum

    Kenneth Kjer, you are welcome to get involved in Minnesota politics in 2014 when you to can become involved in our caucus system. It is important for all Minnesotan’s to be involved, that is why everyone needs to leave the comfort of their homes in February to attend caucus. The caucus is where anyone can become a delegate and make a difference. The last thing we want is to become a primary state. If that happens, big money will control who we get on the ballots as candidates rather than who we pick at the grassroots level. We are a party which governs from the bottom up, rather than the top down. Please join us next February.

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